On June 5, President Vladimir Putin accepted Acting Governor of the Astrakhan Region Sergei Morozov’s resignation request of his own free will and appointed Igor Babushkin Acting Governor of the Astrakhan Region until the next elected Governor of the region takes office. Previously, Igor Babushkin served as the deputy presidential plenipotentiary for the Northern Caucasian Federal District
The Astrakhan Region Governor Election is scheduled for September 8. This year, for the first time, self-promoted candidates can take part in the election campaign.
Two applications for the nomination of candidates for the post of governor of the Astrakhan Region have already been submitted to the regional election commission, the Astrakhan 24 TV channel reports.
The self-promoted candidates are Igor Gurbo and German Danilenko. Besides, Gurbo was born in Turkmenistan, Baharden, near Ashgabat, in 1965. It is reported that in 1987 he graduated from the Higher Border Command School of the KGB of the USSR named after F.E.Dzerzhinsky. Lives in Astrakhan. Retiree.
German Danilenko was born in Kalmykia, he is a graduate of the Tula Higher Artillery Engineering School.
So, the tendency of the “power structures” to head the Astrakhan region remains. Morozov, who headed the Astrakhan region since September 2018, also worked for the law enforcement agencies, he is a former employee of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. Igor Babushkin, the new acting governor of the Astrakhan region, in the past, also served in the special services, in particular, in the FSB.
Turkmenistan and Astrakhan have long-standing good relations. In May 2018, in the village of Funtovo of the Privolzhskyy district, a school was opened. The village is home to the largest Turkmen diaspora in the Astrakhan Region. A school construction plan was initiated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, and the project was implemented by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan. The school is named after the great Turkmen poet Makhtumkuli Fraghi, who has repeatedly visited Astrakhan province, and it was here that the first collection of the poet’s works in Turkmen was published a century ago.
Recently, in May 2019, in Ashgabat, during a regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Russian Commission on Economic Cooperation, a Memorandum on the establishment of the Turkmen-Astrakhan Joint Council on Entrepreneurship was signed.